A gavel, car keys, and a glass of whiskey on a table suggesting the consequences of drinking and driving.

California Penal Code Section 1001.95 grants judges the authority to provide diversion options to individuals facing misdemeanor charges. This alternative procedure can lead to a complete dismissal of charges or require completion of a program for expungement of the arrest record. For up to 24 months, judges can temporarily halt proceedings, allowing participation in counseling, AA meetings, or other recommended programs. Successful completion of these requirements can result in the dismissal of the original charges.

It’s important to note that DUI charges, depending on the specific circumstances, may be classified as misdemeanors. However, recent discussions in the Court of Appeals have clarified that DUI charges are currently excluded from the diversion category. Hence, obtaining a complete dismissal for a first-time DUI offense is not currently feasible.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense, particularly if it results in injury. Seeking the help of a criminal defense attorney at the earliest opportunity is crucial to minimize potential consequences. A DUI charge can have significant impacts on both personal and professional aspects of life. Our Ontario DUI attorneys have a successful record of defending numerous individuals in similar cases throughout the Inland Empire in Southern California. For expert legal guidance and representation, please contact Inland Empire Criminal Defense at 909-281-0465. Our office is conveniently located in Ontario, California.